Notes for Tuesday – January 10, 2017

January 10th, 1776 is the day that North Carolina Governor Josiah Martin issued a proclamation calling on the king’s loyal subjects to raise an armed force to combat the “rebels”. This ultimately led to Colonel Donald McLeod leading the men on an assault on the Patriots that ended with fifty of his men dead and 880 captured. The Patriots lost only two of their number. Also on this day in 1976 the song “Convoy” by C.W. McCall was the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 68 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $15,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP … Continue reading

  • Thriving With Airedales, by Food Guy and Treat Girl

    The article “Surviving An Airedale” was a good start. The writer has begun a journey we started almost seven years ago, and the advice on raising a puppy is pretty good; we’d not argue with it. Crate training is very important, as is all training for these strong-willed and very bright dogs. We bought our Airedales in part due to JWR’s recommendation. The breed being hypo-allergenic was also a major consideration. The dogs are an ideal compromise in size for a couple whose childhood dogs were Great Danes and miniature Poodles, respectively. We considered standard Poodles as well, but the Airedales won out. They are at once a “Force Multiplier” and a joyous addition to our household. We are now a “pack”.

    We’ve done and learned some things that perhaps warrant consideration:

    Not Only One Airedale

    You don’t want just one Airedale. Unless you’re a stay-at-home person who is … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Jumper Cable Gauge


    The Prep Your Ride recommends 4-Gauge jumper cables, but I say 2 Gauge is the minimum, and the lower the better. The power is Current Squared over Resistance, so your 800 Amps / 14 V at your end might end up under 6V, under 300A at the car you are trying to jump. It is going over 10-20 feet so even what seems a trivial resistance causes lots of power loss even if the cables don’t heat up.

    At least a half dozen times, with one car racing the engine and the other failing to turn over, I swapped their thin cables for my longer 2 Gauge (Sportsman’s Guide but also on Amazon though I can’t find the exact ones), and the car with the dead battery started immediately. – T.Z.

    Economics and Investing:

    After some profit-taking after flirting with the $1,000 USD mark, the value of Bitcoins has dropped to around $894 USD. It’s not shabby, for those who invested in Bitcoins when 1BTC cost less than $20.

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    The U.S. Empire Would Have Collapsed Decades Ago If It Didn’t Abandon The Gold Standard

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    Here’s a unique sign of inflation

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    Gold And Silver Price Forecast: This Week’s Price Action Being Crucial To Trend

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Who’s attacking the Drudge Report? – DSV

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    Be careful about who you choose to repair your computer: The FBI Is Apparently Paying Geek Squad Members To Dig Around In Computers For Evidence Of Criminal Activity – C.F.

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    Reader H.L. sent the link for Comcast outage map which is pretty interesting. There are a number of services monitored if you navigate to the home page.

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    NM Hunting Guide, Client Wounded on Mexico border. – W.C.

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    Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Product Review Editor, has informed us that Oregon’s Attorney General, sworn in yesterday, has already proposed an “assault weapon” and “hi capacity magazine” ban. Heavily funded by Bloomberg with the understanding that she introduce anti-gun legislation, she has wasted no time.